A U.S. citizen tried to get $6.1 million in loans for fictional companies whose names echo the Game of Thrones series. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Justice of the country.
According to the agency, a 38-year-old resident of North Carolina was accused of fraud using electronic means of communication, bank fraud and participation in illegal money transactions.
Tristan Bishop Pan, for example, applied for concessional loans to support the economy during the pandemic. As specified, loans under this program can be obtained to pay salaries to employees, rent, interest on other loans, as well as utilities. Further, the loan may be partially or fully written off if the company retains jobs and wages.
In total, an enterprising American has filed 14 applications totaling more than $6 million and received more than $1.7 million after approval of two of them. For example, applications were made for loans to White Walker (“White Walker” – the name of the show’s walking dead), Khaleesi (“Khaleesi” – social status of one of the main characters in the series Daenerys Targaryen) and The Night’s Watch (“Nightwatch” – guards of the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms).
In late July, a U.S. citizen of Florida was accused of fraud after he bought himself a sports car with money from the New Coronavirus Pandemic Program.
The car and the money remaining in the account were arrested. The man faces up to 30 years in prison.